Russia's Pole of Cold hits -70°F: Europe's 2nd coldest reading of all-time

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:48 PM GMT on February 22, 2010

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The notorious Russian winter, bane of the armies of Napoleon and Hitler, has been in classic form during the winter of 2010 . Brutal cold has been the rule this winter in the European portion of Russia, and at 9am local time on Friday, February 19, the town of Hoseda-Hard, Russia hit a remarkable -70°F (-56.4°C)--the second coldest temperature ever measured in Europe. Hoseda-Hard is located in extreme northeastern Europe, 90 miles (145 km) south of the Arctic Ocean and about 150 miles (240 km) west of the Ural Mountains and the boundary of Asia. The town lies in a shallow river valley (elevation 84 meters) where cold air tends to pool. The surrounding region is known as Europe's "Pole of Cold". The coldest temperature ever recorded in Europe was an extraordinary -72.6°F (-58.1°C) in the Pole of Cold's Ust'Schugor (64.15°N 57.45°) on December 31, 1978. The nearby city of Pechora, the largest city in the region (population: 50,000), is also well-known for its extreme temperatures. Pechora boasts Europe's third coldest temperature, a -68.8°F (-56.0°C) reading observed on February 9, 1946. It is likely that Hoseda-Hard got a degree or two colder than the remarkable -70°F measured on Friday, since the station only reported temperatures once every three hours. The high temperature Friday in Hoseda-Hard was a not-so-balmy -49°F (-45°C)!


Figure 1. Departure of surface temperature from average for February 19, 2010. Temperatures at Europe's "Pole of Cold" (dark purple colors) were more than 40°F (22°C) below average. The white dot marks the location of Hoseda-Hard, Russia, which recorded a remarkable -70°F (-56.4°C) at 9am local time that day--the second coldest temperature ever measured in Europe. Image credit: NOAA/ESRL.


Figure 2. A monument in Europe's "Pole of Cold" near Hoseda-Hard, Russia, marking the location of the Arctic Circle. Image credit: Mactak.

Exceptional February heat in Africa
I credit weather historian and extreme weather expert Chris Burt, author of Extreme Weather, for pointing out the incredible cold in Russia on Friday. Chris also noted that on Saturday, February 20, the temperature in Birni-N'Konni, Niger hit 112°F (44.3°C). This is just 3°F (1.7°C) below the warmest temperature ever recorded in the Northern Hemisphere in February--the 115°F reading from Abeche, Chad (date unknown).

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Quoting Grothar:


See, Awake, you actually DO read. Don't let anyone tell you differently. I had to be honest with that statement. Unfortunately, there are those I do not miss. In some cases I am sure the feeling is mutual. But, like the Scarecrow, "I miss you most of all"

And you, dah-link, are most excellent at reading between and betwixt the lines... now you've gone and made us tear up... :(

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Quoting Grothar:


Is this guy any relation to Freddy Kluger or is that Kruger!!! LOL


By the way he explains dust, I'd say he is Freddy Kruger of the Dust world.

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Quoting AwakeInMaryland:
E-YEW! BTW, I need a new vacuum cleaner. What a bunch of overpriced hyped gizmos out there!

The Poisons and Allergens That Make up Household Dust
By JEFFREY KLUGER Jeffrey Kluger 44 mins ago

In part:
The specific dust mix in any household differs according to climate, age of the house and the number of people who live in it - not to mention the occupants' cooking, cleaning and smoking habits. But nearly everywhere, dust consists of some combination of shed bits of human skin, animal fur, decomposing insects, food debris, lint and organic fibers from clothes, bedding and other fabrics, tracked-in soil, soot, particulate matter from smoking and cooking, and, disturbingly, lead, arsenic and even DDT.


Is this guy any relation to Freddy Kluger or is that Kruger!!! LOL
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Quoting CycloneOz:


Man, a panini sounds so good right now!


agreed! lol

Quoting AwakeInMaryland:
Ossgss -- LOL -- Green Eggs and Ham; Sam I Am!

Dude... panini sounds good, too. Served with "Urge," for only an extra $100 or so...to be split with Grothar? :)


haha we'll see ;)
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Quoting AwakeInMaryland:
LOL, Grothar!!! re: I actually miss most of you.

Yeah, we actually miss most of you, too! (:


See, Awake, you actually DO read. Don't let anyone tell you differently. I had to be honest with that statement. Unfortunately, there are those I do not miss. In some cases I am sure the feeling is mutual. But, like the Scarecrow, "I miss you most of all"
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E-YEW! BTW, I need a new vacuum cleaner. What a bunch of overpriced hyped gizmos out there!

The Poisons and Allergens That Make up Household Dust
By JEFFREY KLUGER Jeffrey Kluger 44 mins ago

In part:
The specific dust mix in any household differs according to climate, age of the house and the number of people who live in it - not to mention the occupants' cooking, cleaning and smoking habits. But nearly everywhere, dust consists of some combination of shed bits of human skin, animal fur, decomposing insects, food debris, lint and organic fibers from clothes, bedding and other fabrics, tracked-in soil, soot, particulate matter from smoking and cooking, and, disturbingly, lead, arsenic and even DDT.
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Quoting tornadodude:


haha I dont think we serve that, but we do have some really good panini's (:


Man, a panini sounds so good right now!
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Quoting Grothar:


Hey TD, if you need more Urge, I might be going back to Norway and Denmark for a short bit. Let me know if you want more. Your restaurant could be the only distributor of Urge in the US.



hmmm Lol I still have a couple bottles left, but more might not be a bad idea :P
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Quoting StormChaser81:


Oz you have mail at your yahoo account.


Replied...with a resounding YES!
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Quoting Ossqss:


LoL

Quoting Ossqss:


LoL



LOL!!!!
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Quoting AwakeInMaryland:
Ossgss -- LOL -- Green Eggs and Ham; Sam I Am!

Dude... panini sounds good, too. Served with "Urge," for only an extra $100 or so...to be split with Grothar? :)


Hey TD, if you need more Urge, I might be going back to Norway and Denmark for a short bit. Let me know if you want more. Your restaurant could be the only distributor of Urge in the US.
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LOL, Grothar!!! re: I actually miss most of you.

Yeah, we actually miss most of you, too! (:
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Quoting Levi32:


Yup 1966 is in there too. There's a whole package of analogues. I'm working on putting together a blog showing why they are good analogues and why we should be concerned about this hurricane season.


Noticed that this winter thus far is running quite close to the 1963-1964 winter, especially across northern New England, where I live; so, personally, I think 1964 may be a good analog to this hurricane season. BTW, the CPC summer SST forecast is pretty "crazy", above average SST in the main development region of the Atlantic.
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Quoting CycloneOz:


Neat name. Nuclear-powered kitchen, perhaps? ;)


Oz you have mail at your yahoo account.
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Quoting AwakeInMaryland:

Well, it could be worse -- where are you now, btw??

Your Local Weather
For Silver Spring, MD 20901
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* Lo: 35°F
* Rain: 0.00"
* Hi: 40°F
* Gust: NNW 16

* Wind Chill: 33°F
* Humidity: 89%
* Dew Point: 37°F


Still in PA, Not too bad here. It could be worse. We could all be in Hoseda-Hard, Russia with all that cold. I am sorry I haven't been on in a few weeks, I actually miss most of you. It is almost like withdrawal when I can't communicate. Funny thing, though. I have been working with a woman who is involved with tropical forecasting. She is of the opinion it "may" be quite an interesting season in the Atlantic. I haven't had too much time to review everything on here, but she offered to share what she could. You know the old, I have a friend who has a friend, who knows somebody!!!!! I do hope everyone has been well.
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Quoting jeffs713:


Where are you getting that sounding image?

I get it from here. I use the RUC analysis and derive the sounding from that. One of my professors actually showed me this site.
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Ossgss -- LOL -- Green Eggs and Ham; Sam I Am!

Dude... panini sounds good, too. Served with "Urge," for only an extra $100 or so...to be split with Grothar? :)
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Quoting 1900hurricane:
A band is headed straight for me!!!



And the warm nose is just about gone!!!



Snow should start very soon...!


Where are you getting that sounding image?
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Quoting Levi32:


Yup 1966 is in there too. There's a whole package of analogues. I'm working on putting together a blog showing why they are good analogues and why we should be concerned about this hurricane season.

I look forward to that blog... I seem to have a talent for sticking my foot in my mouth when I look for analogues.
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A band is headed straight for me!!!



And the warm nose is just about gone!!!



Snow should start very soon...!
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Quoting AwakeInMaryland:


OH! You've already started working with the family business! Got a website? OH (again), maybe you're designing one? Sure are a lot of people here who are good at that!

You will have a pastrami and corned beef on seeded rye with brown mustard and cole slaw waiting for me, right? Or am I going to have to bring the ingredients from the East Coast??!

Shoot, I wish I'd stop making myself hungry thinking about it...


haha I dont think we serve that, but we do have some really good panini's (:
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Quoting jeffs713:

Don't mind that glow coming from the eggs... its there because of how we cook it... ;)


LoL

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Quoting tornadodude:


nah, I work for my parents now, we have a cafe called "the element cafe"


OH! You've already started working with the family business! Got a website? OH (again), maybe you're designing one? Sure are a lot of people here who are good at that!

You will have a pastrami and corned beef on seeded rye with brown mustard and cole slaw waiting for me, right? Or am I going to have to bring the ingredients from the East Coast??!

Shoot, I wish I'd stop making myself hungry thinking about it...
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Quoting HurricaneHunterGal:

Me too! Can't wait!


haha yeah, I plan on doing a lot of storm chasing this year
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Quoting JRRP:

i think 1966 1995 and 1998 looks like analog year


Yup 1966 is in there too. There's a whole package of analogues. I'm working on putting together a blog showing why they are good analogues and why we should be concerned about this hurricane season.
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Quoting jeffs713:

Don't mind that glow coming from the eggs... its there because of how we cook it... ;)


who needs microwaves??? haha
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Quoting tornadodude:


Lol yeah, and spring break is coming soon as well, although I am ready for the severe weather season

Me too! Can't wait!
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Quoting CycloneOz:


Neat name. Nuclear-powered kitchen, perhaps? ;)


haha not quite :PP
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Quoting CycloneOz:


Neat name. Nuclear-powered kitchen, perhaps? ;)

Don't mind that glow coming from the eggs... its there because of how we cook it... ;)
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Quoting Grothar:
Hello boys and girls. Everyone staying warm?

Well, it could be worse -- where are you now, btw??

Your Local Weather
For Silver Spring, MD 20901
... More
Live Conditions 12:43 PM
Montgomery Blair HSChange Tracking Station
Temp
39.9°F
Switch to Celsius
12
mph
So Far Today

* Lo: 35°F
* Rain: 0.00"
* Hi: 40°F
* Gust: NNW 16

* Wind Chill: 33°F
* Humidity: 89%
* Dew Point: 37°F
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Quoting tornadodude:


nah, I work for my parents now, we have a cafe called "the element cafe"


Neat name. Nuclear-powered kitchen, perhaps? ;)
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Quoting Grothar:
Hello boys and girls. Everyone staying warm?


trying, about 30 degrees colder then it was sunday tho :p
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Quoting AwakeInMaryland:


Are you still working in Purdue's Met dep't., or weather center?...sorry, I don't remember exactly what it's called...


nah, I work for my parents now, we have a cafe called "the element cafe"
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Quoting tornadodude:


your winter weather advisory doesnt start until 2, I think


Are you still working in Purdue's Met dep't., or weather center?...sorry, I don't remember exactly what it's called...
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Hello boys and girls. Everyone staying warm?
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Still a slight warm nose where I am at the moment. As soon as that goes away, the rain should change over here in College Station.

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Quoting tornadodude:


your winter weather advisory doesnt start until 2, I think

Yep, 2p Tue - 6a Wed. The precip wont start in earnest until 5-6pm.
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Quoting Skepticall:
The regional radar for houston it seems to me like all the snow and rain is going to miss houston to the north. Has the snow dodged houston once again?

If you check out a longer animation, you can see it is sliding towards the SE slowly. Also, look at the temperature graphs for Austin and Bryan... both have hit their highs for the day, and are stabilizing/dropping with the evaporative cooling effect from the slop coming down.
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Quoting Skepticall:


Wheres my snow in Houston? technically North houston.


your winter weather advisory doesnt start until 2, I think
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Quoting PcolaDan:


Wishing for summer now are you??? LOL


Lol yeah, and spring break is coming soon as well, although I am ready for the severe weather season
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A million compliments to the GFS model run forecasts on this snow event in TX. The demarcation line for snow is right north of I-20 in North Texas!
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Quoting tornadodude:
I remember, back in November and December always wishing for snow, well I definitely have had enough for this year haha

I was down in Evansville on Sunday and it was 61 degrees and sunny, boy did that feel great! Lol

Now I'm back at Purdue, and, you guessed it, it is snowing :P


Wishing for summer now are you??? LOL
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Quoting CycloneOz:


I expect to be in Biloxi this year. Just a hunch, so don't panic.

Word of Warning: If I'm in your neighborhood during the summer...RUN!


Kind of like the way it used to be if you saw Cantore tied to a palm tree close by...LOL
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Taken at 10:40AM CST here at my place in SE Arlington, TX. Pretty moderate snow falling, just enough to leave a dusting!

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I remember, back in November and December always wishing for snow, well I definitely have had enough for this year haha

I was down in Evansville on Sunday and it was 61 degrees and sunny, boy did that feel great! Lol

Now I'm back at Purdue, and, you guessed it, it is snowing :P
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Quoting Ossqss:
495,,,, Oz I found a side kick for you, just in case you need help :)






ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!
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505. JRRP
Quoting Levi32:


That's one of the reasons I'm not so hot on 2008....but 1998 is a good analogue. This winter's El Nino is the 4th strongest SST-wise and 2nd strongest impact-wise since 1950. Link

The SST pattern in 1998 set up very similar to now, and the resulting hurricane season had 14 storms with a spray directed south and west towards the Caribbean and U.S., which is the fear for this season as well.

i think 1966 1995 and 1998 looks like analog year
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